A strong winter storm - first in a series - moved into the Northeast and Eastern Canada this week, leaving more than 2 feet of snow in its wake.

The wintry weather pattern was predicted to continue pumping snow into northern New England into the weekend, and mixed precip elsewhere in the region.

This winter has been marked by early and sustained snowmaking weather, and few large storms, but impressively brisk skier and rider traffic on the slopes.

The weather pattern that appears to have set up for the week gives the Northeast and Quebec a real shot in the arm heading into March.

"This week's winter storm is perfectly timed and adds to the incredible momentum Vermont ski areas have going into March after a very strong Presidents' Week holiday," said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle.  "March is traditionally Vermont's snowiest month."

[R184R, Hunter Mountain] in the Catskills of New York State got 30 inches of snow from the first shot, and expects another 16-to-20 inches today.

[R307R, Owl's Head] in Quebec's Eastern Townships, overlooking Lake Memphremagog, got 50 centimeters, which translates to about 20 inches of snow.

The Mad River Valley, with [R222R, Mad River Glen] and [R435R, Sugarbush], received 13-to-25 inches from the storm's first pass.

[R430R, Stratton Mountain Resort] got 35 inches as of Thursday afternoon, and it's still snowing.

[R198R, Killington] got 19 inches Tuesday, more yesterday, and expects still another storm moving in late Thursday into Friday.

[R255R, Mount Snow] in Dover, Vt., was near the sweet spot of the storm, with 4.5 feet on the ground by week's end.

Ski Areas of New York reports that [R379R, Plattekill], [R391R, Windham], [R38R, Belleayre], and [R155R, Gore] got 2 feet from the first storm, and expect more from storms into the weekend.

Some resorts in southern New England closed on Thursday because heavy rain moved in Wednesday night, making for messy conditions.

[R1465R, Ski Big Bear] in Lackawaxan, Penn. closed because of dangerous driving conditions.

[R488R, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area] in Princeton, Mass. closed because rain soaked deep snowpack and made skiing and riding unattractive.

[R40R, Berkshire East] in Charlemont, Mass. closed because icy roads in the region made travel dangerous.